Italian Contractors to Re Build Tripoli Airport in Libya
Libya Observer reported that Italian Foreign Minister Mr Luigi di Maio recently said that Italian companies will start building Tripoli International Airport & highway from Tunisia borders with Libya to the Egyptian borders in few months and have started devising work to kick off rebuilding operations at Benghazi Airport.
Tripoli airport was the site of fierce fighting in July 2014 during which about 90% of its buildings and 20 planes were destroyed. It then became a staging ground for the Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar during their unsuccessful campaign to capture Tripoli in 2019. The fighting left the country with only one functioning airport, in Mitiga, about 8km west of Tripoli city centre.
The coastal highway project was announced by the Libyan Foreign Ministry in December following talks with Italian government in September. The motorway will be built by Italian contractor Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) over a 36 month period. World Highways reports that the 1,700km road will form the missing section in the North African highway between Morocco with Egypt.